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Individual War Graves, Leuchars Cemetery

My general overview of Leuchars Cemetery was posted here.

Some of the war graves there are in individual plots-

Pilot Officer A A Greenberg, RAF, 14/3/1940:-

War Grave Leuchars

Flying Officer E D Godfrey, RAF, 4/9/1939:-

Leuchars War Grave

Lieutenant P Hall-Smith, RAF, 1/8/1919:-

Great War Grave, Leuchars

Sergeant R Gordon, Observer, RAF, 22/10/1941, age 21:-

Second World War Grave, Leuchars

Aircraftman 2nd Class J Kennedy, RAF, 21/8/1940, age 22:-

RAF War Grave, Leuchars

Commonwealth and Netherlands War Graves, Leuchars Cemetery, Fife

Leuchars is near St Andrews in Fife. No doubt because of the nearby airbase there are many war graves in this cemetery – sufficient for it to have a Cross of Sacrifice.

War Graves, Leuchars Cemetery

The three nearest graves on the left in the above photo are of Dutch nationals – Willem Hijkoop (left,) Anton Marie ten Herkel (centre,) C.A.F. van Otterloo (right.) Apparently 22 other Dutchmen’s bodies were transferred to Mill Hill cemetery in London:-

Netherlands War Graves, Leuchars Cemetery

The day we visited there was a Commonwealth War Graves Commission van at the cemetery with one of its employees tending to the graves. The Commission does a magnifcent job of upkeep on war graves in Britain and abroad.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Van, Leuchars Cemetery

Commonwealth War Graves Commission van, war graves and Cross of Sacrifice:-

War Graves, Leuchars Cemetery

Behind where this photo was taken is a First World War memorial bench:-

WW 1 Memorial Bench, Leuchars Cemetery

Rochester War Memorial

Rochester lies on the A 68 between Otterburn and the Scottish border. Its War Memorial is of the tabernacle type.

Rochester War Memorial Site

Rochester War Memorial

Dedication: “To the glory of God and in proud memory of the men of this country-side who fell in the cause of right and freedom 1914 – 1918.” Plus Great War names:-

Rochester War Memorial Dedication

Great War names:-

War Memorial, Rochester

Names, Rochester War Memorial

Second Dedication: “Also in gratitude for service rendered in the same cause by” followed by the names of those who served:-

Second Dedication, Rochester War Memorial

War Memorials, Hexham

Hexham War Memorial lies in the grounds of Hexham Abbey. It takes the form of a Cross of Sacrifice:-

Hexham War Memorial

War Memorial, Hexham

Dedications. “Here are inscribed names which bid us by service our debt repay,” with below, “This cross and S Wilfrid’s War Memorial Hospital are dedicated to the glorious memory of the men of Hexham who laid down their lives in the Great Wars 1914-1918 1939-1945.”

Hexham War Memorial Dedication and Names

Names:-

Names, Hexham  War Memorial

Names, War Memorial, Hexham

War Memorial , Hexham, Names

Royal Northumberland Fusiliers memorial plaque by a memorial garden at Hexham Abbey. Dedicated to those of the 4th Battalion and 8th Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers who died in the Second World War:-

Royal Northumberland Fusiliers Memorial, Hexham Abbey

Hill 62 Canadian (Sanctuary Wood) Memorial near Ypres

This memorial lies at the end of Canadalaan (see here) and commemorates the efforts of the Candian Corps in defending the southern parts of the Ypres salient during 1916. Information about the memorial and the battles fought there is here.

The memorial garden lies on a small plateau hidden as you walk up to it by a wall on which is situated this plaque:-

Canada Plaque on Wall Below Hill 62 Canadian Memorial

The memorial:-

Hill 62 Canadian Memorial, near Ypres

Approach steps, here seen from the memorial side:-

Hill 62 Canadian Memorial, near Ypres

The inscription round the memorial’s base reads, “HONOUR TO THE CANADIANS WHO ON THE FIELDS OF FLANDERS AND FRANCE FOUGHT IN THE CAUSE OF THE ALLIES WITH SACRIFICE AND DEVOTION.”

Carving on Hill 62 Canadian Memorial

The dedication reads, “HERE AT MOUNT SORREL AND ON THE LINE FROM HOOGE TO ST. ELOI THE CANADIAN CORPS FOUGHT IN THE DEFENCE OF YPRES APRIL – AUGUST 1916.”
The memorial lies on Hill 62, though, not on Mount Sorrel:-

Dedication Hill 62 Canadian Memorial

Looking east from the memorial:-

Looking East from Canadian Hill 62 Memorial

Looking south. Such peaceful countryside now:-

Looking South from Hill 62 Canadian Memorial, near Ypres

Sanctuary Wood Cemetery (Lest We Forget)

Sanctuary Wood Cemetery is one of the many Imperial (later Commonwealth) War Graves Commission cemeteries that lie in the countryside around Ypres (Ieper) in Belgium.

It lies near T’Hooghe (Hooge) off the Canadalaan (Canada Lane) itself coming off the Meenseweg (the Menin Road of dreadful memory.) Buried or commemorated in the cemetery are 1,989 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War of whom 1,348 are unidentified. For information about the cemetery see here.

I note from the link that this cemetery is the resting place (in Plot IV. D. 14) of Captain Robert Frederick Balfour, 1st Battalion Scots Guards who died on 28th October 1914, aged 31. He was the son of Edward Balfour, of “Balbirnie,” Markinch, Fife. I live a couple of hundred yards or so from the Balfours’ former home, Balbirnie House.

Sanctuary Wood Cemetery entrance:-

Entrance, Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Hooge, near Ypres

Stone of Remembrance and Cross of Sacrifice from entrance:-

Stone of Remembrance and Cross Sacrifice, Sanctuary Wood Cemetery

Information board:-

Information Board, Sanctuary Wood Cemetery

Graves:-

Graves, Sanctuary Wood Cemetery

Graves from south:-

Sanctuary Wood Cemetery Graves from South

I found one German War grave in the cemetery, Flieg Hauptmann Hans Roser, F Fliegerabt 3, 25/7/1915:-

German War Grave, Sanctuary Wood Cemetery

Just outside Sanctuary Wood Cemetery there is a private memorial in memory of Keith Rae, 2nd Lieutenant, 8th Battalion the Rifle Brigade, “who died on this spot, 30/7/1915, in his 26th year.” “Also in memory of his brother officers and men who fell on the same morning and afternoon.”

No individual memorials were/are allowed inside Imperial/Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries. Whatever their differences in life (not least in military rank) in death it was decided that all should be treated equally, with identical headstones. Apart from name rank, number and their regimental insignia (and a special marking in the shape of that award if the deceased had won a Victoria Cross) only an inscription chosen by the deceased’s family and situated to the bottom of the headstone distinguishes one from another.

I presume this memorial was allowed by the Belgian authorities since it lies beyond Sanctuary Wood Cemetery’s boundaries:-

Private Memorial Outside Sanctuary Wood Cemetery

War Dedications, North Hall Cemetery Markinch

North Hall Cemetery is the older of Markinch’s two cemeteries lying to the north east of the town.

In it I discovered two dedications to Great War fallen.

The first was of two brothers (I assume) Captain John Drysdale Tullis, 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers, wounded in action First Battle of Ypres, 11/11/1914, died on 18/11/1914. Buried at Wimereux and Captain William Tullis, 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers, who fell in action at the Battle of the Somme near La Boiselle, France, 1/7/1916. The Tullis family through its paper mill latterly known as Tullias Russell was one of the main employers in the town until very recently.

War Dedications, North Hall Cemetery Markinch

Sergeant John Terras, during the Great War, died at the General Military Hospital Vancouver, British Columbia, 9/4/1918, aged 45:-

North Hall Cemetery, Markinch, War Dedication

Great War Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

The Great War Graves in Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, can be found scattered through it, mostly in its older parts.

Boy A A Cowper, RAF, 24/11/1918, aged 17:-

Great War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Private J F Michie, Highland Cyclist Battalion, 27/12/1916:-

Great War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Private J Macdonald, 31st Battalion Canadian Infantry, 24/1/0/1916, aged 28:-

Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, Great War Grave

Canadian Great War Grave. Private J Heron, 52nd Battalion Canadian Infantry, 4/10/1916, aged 33:-

Canadian Great War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Private W J Martin, The Black Watch, 17/8/1915, aged 53. It’s unusual even in a cemetery in the UK (overseas it would I suspect be impossible) to have other members of the deceased’s family commemorated at the same burial site:-

Great War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill CemeteryPerth

“Buried in this cemetery” Fireman J King, MMR, HMS No 12, 30/7/1915:-

Commonwealth War Headstone, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Private T Birch, The Black Watch, 24/10/1917, aged 18. This also designates the resting place of “His Father, Thomas Birch.” (Same burial site commemoration is not unique then, even in this cemetery.)

War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Private J Lumsden, The Black Watch, 9/4/1919, aged 31:-

War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Private H Kennedy, The Black Watch, 31/1/01914:-

Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth Great War Grave

Private Andrew Muckersie, Highland Light Infantry, 31/8/1918, aged 37:-

Great War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Private D Whyte, 5th Reserve Regiment of Cavalry, 13/4/1915, aged 25:-

Great War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

A dual commemoration. Lance Corporal A Gray, Gordon Highlanders, 11/10/1915, aged 19. Private T McColl, Gordon Highlanders, 26/3/1915. Commonwealth war dead headstones with more than one name are fairly common in Belgium and France, less so in the UK:-

Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, Grave for the Great War

Private A Rodger, The Black Watch, 7/11/1918, aged 21:-

Great War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Driver P Hodge Royal Field Artillery, 18/12/1919, aged 26:-

Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, Great War Grave

Private J Campbell, Royal Army Service Corps, 20/9/1919:-

Great War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Private C S Robertson, Army Service Corps, 13/11/1918, aged 38:-

Great War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Commonwealth War Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Not far up from the Polish War Graves in Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, lies a cluster of Commonwealth War Graves most of which mark Second World War deaths. There are at least 21 more individual war graves scattered through the cemetery.

Eight Graves (for the two behind see below):-

Commonwealth War Graves 3

Four graves (the two behind can be seen below):-

More Commonwealth War Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Four more headstones:-

Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, Commonwealth War Graves

Three Second World War graves at right angles to the four above:-

Three Second World War Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

One of these below died post-war. M Hislop, Auxiliary Territiorial Service, 12/1/1948, aged 29. The other was also in the Auxiliary Territiorial Service. Volunteer C MacLeod, 30/4/1941, aged 25:-

Two Commonwealth War Graves,Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

H D Barrie, Cabin Boy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship “Demeter”, 1/11/1947, aged 21, again died post-war. Private J Macdonald, The BLack Watch, 10/2/1916 died during the Great War:-

Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, Commonwealth War Graves

War Memorial, Stanhope, County Durham

Stanhope’s War Memorial is a stone cross above a square plinth. It stands in the grounds of St Thomas Church but is visible from the street:-

War Memorial, Stanhope, County Durham

Dedication and names. “To the glory of God and in memory of those from the ecclesiastical parish of Stanhope who gave their lives in the Great War 1914 – 1919.”
“1939 – 1945. Let us also remember.”

Stanhope War Memorial Dedication and  Names

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